I love all things Mexican. Food. Clothes. Little native villages perched high up in the mountains. In my home, taco meat and refried beans are veritable staples.
Sadly, store bought taco seasoning is full of nasty stuff with an ingredients label that reads like a chemistry textbook. If you’ve been wondering how to replace those small packets of MSG-riddled spices with something real, you should give this recipe for homemade taco seasoning a try.
Not only is this homemade taco seasoning more nutritious, it’s also cheap! As an eater of Real Food like grass-fed beef, eggs from pastured chickens, and raw milk from pastured cows, managing my grocery budget can be tricky. I’ve discovered two things:
First, the secret to eating well on a budget is to properly manage my kitchen. Absolutely NOTHING gets wasted!
And Second, I’ve simply had to cut other stuff out of our budget to make room for nourishing, real foods. We don’t have cell phones or cable, but we eat like kings!
Homemade Taco Seasoning
- 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
- 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
- 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
- 1/2 tsp. Paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
- 1 tsp. Sea Salt
- 1 tsp. Black Pepper (optional)
Now for the easy part: mix all the spices together and store in an airtight container. The optional black pepper is to increase the spiciness based on your family’s tastes and preferences. If you don’t like spicy foods, simply leave the black pepper out and/or be sure to adjust that tablespoon of chili powder down.
The amounts listed above make up about 2 Tbsp. of homemade taco seasoning mix — the perfect amount to replace one store bought 1.25oz packet.
If you’re like me, you’ll want to make more of this and store it in your pantry for ease of use next time. So, here’s the recipe quintupled:
- 1/4 C. plus 1 Tbsp. Chili Powder
- 1 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 1/4 tsp. Onion Powder
- 1 1/4 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1 1/4 tsp. Dried Oregano
- 2 1/2 tsp. Paprika
- 2 Tbsp. plus 1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
- 1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. Sea Salt
- 1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. Black Pepper (optional)
If you use the quintupled recipe, you’ll measure out 2 Tbsp. of the homemade taco seasoning per pound of meat. Or, if you’re like me, you simply add it to taste.
This post is my own contribution to today’s Fight Back Fridays carnival. Go check it out for more interesting recipes, articles, and anecdotes from the world of Real Food!
(photo by beckmann)